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The Industrial Relations Research Association was established in 1948. In December of that year, local members founded the Washington, D.C. Chapter.  Click here to read more history. 


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Mark your calendar for the Wednesday, June 27 meeting! 
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The DC LERA Board of Governors invites
you to the monthly luncheon meeting...

May 23, 2018

“As Long as it Takes”
Educators Taking a Stand Across the Nation

with guest speaker
Mary Kusler
Senior Director for the Center for Advocacy
National Education Association (NEA)

From West Virginia to Oklahoma and beyond, educators are speaking up for their students, their public schools, their communities and themselves. They are showing up in statehouses and city halls to demand that, after years of cuts, education funding must be a top priority for state and local governments. These discontents have been simmering for years. They are not about to go away. Join us to hear Mary Kusler, a national leader in this movement, review its progress and assess its prospects.

As Senior Director of the Center for Advocacy at the NEA, Mary Kusler is deeply involved in the emerging reforms in education. Mary oversees NEA’s advocacy work on behalf of students representing over 3 million educators nationally. And she currentlychairs theBoard of Directors of the State Innovation Exchange, which supports state legislators nationally in advancing and defending progressive policies across he country.

Prior to joining NEA as Director of Government Relations, Mary was assistant director of policy and advocacy for the American Association of School Administrators, which represents more than 13,000 school superintendents and local educational leaders before Congress. She has a master’s degree in public policy from at George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in theatre and politics from Fairfield University.

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  • Time: Sign-in begins: 11:30; Lunch: 12:00; Presentation and Q&A: 12:45 - 1:30.
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The DC LERA is on the cusp of tidal changes in national labor policies. Battles between powerful political forces in Washington will determine the future of work for decades to come. We are a non-partisan forum in Washington where these conflicting ideas and ideologies coexist.
We sponsor a series of monthly luncheons on crucial economic, legal, and social issues in employer–employee relations. Thanks to our location, DC LERA draws support from the Washington policy community, with members and speakers from government, universities, unions, think tanks, and policy advocate organizations. Our luncheon programs offer great opportunities for labor rela­tions professionals, union leaders, policy special­ists, scholars, and students to express their views, enrich their knowledge and expand their networks.
A special dimension of DC LERA’s program is international labor relations. We are honored and privileged that representatives of Washington’s diplomatic delegations are active participants in our Chapter. They learn, but they also give back. Attachés and counselors give us inside views of labor relations in Asia and Europe.
We invite you to join us in this fascinating journey. You can join or renew by clicking here. Questions? Please send an email to Pat McHugh at  Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you at our great events!  Your tax adviser should confirm that your payment is tax deductible as dues paid to a non-profit professional association.
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If you missed a 2018 meeting...

Extreme Vetting: Political Theater in the Nation’s Capital with guest speaker Dana Milbank, Author and Columnist for The Washington Post
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The Janus Case Before the Supreme Court: Does It Threaten Public Sector Labor Relations? with Judy Rivlin, General Counsel, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)  Click here to read more...
Designing Reality: How to Survive & Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution with guest speaker Professor Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Heller School for Social Policy &  Management, Brandeis University 
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The Opioid Crisis: Health Effects on Unions and Health Funds with Jamie Becker, Director, Health Promotions, Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America  Click here to read more...

If you missed a
2017  meeting...

Worker Voice: Collective Bargaining & New Forms of Advocacy with guest Harry Katz, Professor, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and President, Labor and Employment Relations Association 
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The State of Working America: Past as Prologue with Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute Click here to read more.
Sewing Hope: How One Factory Challenges
the Apparel Industry’s Sweatshops
A talk by
Prof. John Kline
Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, Georgetown School of Foreign Service Click here for more information...
The National Labor Relations Board
The Challenges Ahead
A talk by Philip A. Miscimarra, Chairman
of the NLRB
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The Toughest Job in Sports: Representing NFL Football Players
A talk by DeMaurice “De” Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)  Click here to read more...

Impact of Trade Policies on Labor & Employment: Global Developments and Emerging Trends
...With world leaders debating the future of trade, proponents assert that expanded trade through regional
or bilateral agreements will lift all boats while opponents decry its negative impact on a wide range of workers and local economies. What’s going on and how should we evaluate proposed future policies? A panel discussion chaired by professor Padideh Ala’i, Director of the Program on Trade, Investment and Development (TID) at America University’s Washington School
of Law. Joining Prof. Ala’I with their expert insights on some of these issues, such as the new Canada-EU Trade Agreement, included: Ben Harrison, Senior Trade Advisor, European Union Delegation to the U.S. and Jeff Wheeler, DC LERA President and adjunct assistant professor, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy.

Muslim Americans in the Workplace: Melting Pot or Boiling Cauldron? with guest speakers Meira Neggaz and Qasim Rashid. Click here to learn more...

Why Some
Rustbelt Cities
Are Becoming the Smartest Places on Earth
A talk by Antoine van Agtmael, Senior Advisor Foreign Policy Analytics. Click here to learn more...
From the Mines to Your
Smartphone –
The Hidden Costs Workers Pay:
A talk by Todd Frankel, Staff Writer, The Washington Post. Click here to learn more...

Labor Confronts a New Era: Why US Unions Face an Existential Crisis, and What They Can Do to Meet It, A Symposium Led by Joseph McCartin, Professor, Georgetown University and Director, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

Click here to read Confronting the Trump Era: The Roots of Labor’s Crisis and the Search for a Way Forward

Click here to read Labor’s Future Foreshadowed in Labor’s Past